Coille Hooven studied with David Shaner at The University of Illinois. She began her career making functional porcelain vessel forms, particularly teapots that gradually became less functional as she added hand built animal sculptures to thrown pieces. Hooven’s work ranges from whimsical functional pieces glazed with blue stains and clear overglaze to small-scale, stark white sculptures commenting in both literal and figurative ways on women’s issues and relationships. Hooven established her studio in Berkeley, California in 1970. In 1996 she founded Hooven & Hooven with her daughter, Molly. Together they produced an extensive line of porcelain ornaments using a press mold technique developed by Coille. These were sold in shops around the country. In 2004 Coille left the business to focus on her sculptural work.